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Adoption and Use of Stand-alone Electronic Prescribing in a Health Plan-sponsored Initiative

Articles of Interest: April 30, 2010

A weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters, including articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers, mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products, or other research using AHRQ data or products.

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Pevnick JM, Asch SM, Adams JL, et al. Adoption and use of stand-alone electronic prescribing in a health plan-sponsored initiative. Am J Manag Care 2010 Mar; 16(3):182-9. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16391-01.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Hsu DJ, Stone RA, Obrosky DS, et al. Predictors of timely antibiotic administration for patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia from the cluster-randomized EDCAP trial. Am J Med Sci 2010 Apr; 339(4):307-13. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS10049.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Roy A, Lurslurchachai L, Halm EA, Li XM, Leventhal H, Wisnivesky JP. Use of herbal remedies and adherence to inhaled corticosteroids among inner-city asthmatic patients. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2010 Feb; 104(2):132-8. [Supported by grant K08 HS13312 (to sixth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Surgery
Glance LG, Dick AW, Mukamel DB, et al. The effect of preexisting conditions on hospital quality measurement for injured patients. Ann Surg 2010 Apr; 251(4):728-34. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS16737; uses 2005-2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data, citing AHRQ publication, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP): Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006; uses and cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director) (Health Serv Res, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Antiviral Therapy
Amorosa VK, Slim J, Mounzer K, et al. The influence of abacavir and other antiretroviral agents on virological response to HCV therapy among antiretroviral-treated HIV-infected patients. Antivir Ther 2010; 15(1):91-9. [Supported in part by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS) cooperative agreement grant HS10399 (to last author, Lo Re).] Select to access the abstract.

Chest
Platt AB, Localio AR, Brensinger CM, et al. Can we predict daily adherence to warfarin? Results from the International Normalized Ratio Adherence and Genetics (IN-RANGE) Study. Chest 2010 Apr; 137(4):883-9. [Supported by grant P01 HS11530; uses survey questionnaires from FAMES Panel 1 Round 2 Access to Care (AC) Section, 1998, posted on AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Web, and Short Form-36 (SF-36) mental component subscale, standard version, based on AHRQ-funded article by Ware and Sherbourne (Med Care, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Care
Cohen A, Rabbani A, Shah N, Alexander GC. Changes in glitazone use among office-based physicians in the U.S., 2003-2009. Diabetes Care 2010 Apr; 33(4):823-5. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS15699-01A1 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
Egede LE, Ellis C. The effects of depression on metabolic control and quality of life in indigent patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Technol Ther 2010 Apr; 12(4):257-62. [Supported by grant 5 K08 HS11418.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Fung V, Mangione CM, Huang J, et al. Falling into the coverage gap: Part D drug costs and adherence for Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan beneficiaries with diabetes. Health Serv Res 2010 Apr; 45(2):355-75. [Supported by R01 HS13902-01 (in partnership with the National Institute of Aging).] Select to access the abstract.

Fleishman JA, Cohen JW. Using information on clinical conditions to predict high-cost patients. Health Serv Res 2010 Apr; 45(2):532-52. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

Chung S, Palaniappan L, Wong E, et al. Does the frequency of pay-for-performance payment matter?—experience from a randomized trial. Health Serv Res 2010 Apr; 45(2):553-64. Select to access the abstract.

Clark DE, Hannan EL, Raudenbush SW. Using a hierarchical model to estimate risk-adjusted mortality for hospitals not included in the reference sample. Health Serv Res 2010 Apr; 45(2):577-87. [Supported by grant R01 HS15656; notes AHRQ's publication of Inpatient Quality Indicators "that allow hospitals to compare their performance in several areas to the outcomes expected from the reference databases of the AHRQ [HCUP]" and that AHRQ data "may be used to compute performance measures for a set of hospitals..."] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Medical Informatics
Holden RJ. Physicians' beliefs about using EMR and CPOE: in pursuit of a contextualized understanding of health IT use behavior. Int J Med Inform 2010 Feb; 79(2):71-80. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000083-11).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Hsu C, BlueSpruce J, Sherman K, et al. Unanticipated benefits of CAM therapies for back pain: an exploration of patient experiences. J Altern Complement Med 2010 Feb; 16(2):157-63. [Supported by grant HS09351.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
West JC, Wilk JE, Rae DS, et al. First-year Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits: medication access and continuity among dual eligible psychiatric patients. J Clin Psychiatry 2010 Apr; 71(4):400-10. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16097 (under subcontract with Rutgers University's CERTs on Mental Health Therapeutics).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Rinke ML, Bundy DG, Shore AD, et al. Pediatric antidepressant medication errors in a national error reporting database. J Dev Behav Pediatr 2010 Feb-Mar; 31(2):129-36. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS16774-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Management
Young G, Meterko M, White B, et al. Pay-for-performance in safety net settings: issues, opportunities, and challenges for the future. J Healthc Manag 2010 Mar-Apr; 55(2):132-41; discussion 141-142. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2006-0000121.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Frisse ME. Health information exchange in Memphis: impact on the physician-patient relationship. J Law Med Ethics 2010 Mar; 38(1):50-7. ["Portions of this work" were supported by contract 290-04-0006; cites AHRQ-funded project, State and Regional Demonstrations in Health in Health Information Technology: Technical Discussion, AHRQ RFP 04-0015, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatrics
Mennito SH, Darden PM. Impact of practice policies on pediatric immunization rates. J Pediatr 2010 Apr; 156(4):618-22. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS13851.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Supportive Oncology
Garcia SF, Hahn EA, Jacobs EA. Addressing low literacy and health literacy in clinical oncology practice. J Support Oncol 2010 Mar-Apr; 8(2):64-9. [Supported by grant R18 HS17300.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urology
Routh JC, Gong EM, Cannon GM Jr, et al. Variation among Internet based calculators in predicting spontaneous resolution of vesicoureteral reflux. J Urol 2010 Apr; 183(4):1568-72. [Supported by grant T32 HS00063.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Howell EA, Mora PA, Chassin MR, et al. Lack of preparation, physical health after childbirth, and early postpartum depressive symptoms. J Womens Health 2010 Apr; 19(4):703-8. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS09698-03.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Alexander GC. Clinical prescribing (and off-label use) in a second-best world. Med Care 2010 Apr; 48(4):285-7. [Supported by grant K08 HS15699-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Economics
Radwin LE, Cabral HJ, Chen L, et al. A protocol for capturing daily variability in nursing care. Nurs Econ 2010 Mar-Apr; 28(2):95-105. [Supported by grant K08 HS11625.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Howell EA. Lack of patient preparation for the postpartum period and patients' satisfaction with the obstetric clinicians. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Feb; 115(2 Pt 1):284-9). Select to access the abstract.

Carlos RC, Dempsey AF, Patel DA, Dalton VK. Cervical cancer prevention through human papillomavirus vaccination: using the "teachable moment" for educational interventions. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Feb; 115(2 Pt 1):834-8). [Supported by grant K08 HS15491.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Cardiology
Klugman D, Berger JT, Sable CA, He J, Khandelwal SG, Slonim AD. Pediatric patients hospitalized with myocarditis: a multi-institutional analysis. Pediatr Cardiol 2010 Feb; 31(2):222-28. [Supported by grant K08 HS14009-01 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Resuscitation
Wong ML, Carey S, Mader TJ, Wang HE, et al. Time to invasive airway placement and resuscitation outcomes after inhospital cardiopulmonary arrest. Resuscitation 2010 Feb; 81(2):182-6. [Supported by Clinical Scientist Development Award grant K08 HS13682 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Wang HE, Weaver MD, Shapiro NI, et al. Opportunities for emergency medical services care of sepsis. Resuscitation 2010 Feb; 81(2):193-7. [Supported by Clinical Scientist Development Award grant K08 HS13682 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Simulation in Healthcare
Pennathur PR, Cao D, Sui Z, et al. Development of a simulation environment to study emergency department information technology. Sim Healthc 2010 Apr; 5(2):103-11. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16672.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Archives of Internal Medicine
Westbrook JI, Woods A, Rob MI, et al. Association of interruptions with an increased risk and severity of medication administration errors. Arch Intern Med 2010 Apr 26; 170(8):683-90. [Cites AHRQ publications, Patient Safety: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site, and The Effect of Health Care Working Conditions on Patient Safety, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Kliger J. Giving medication administration the respect it is due: comment on: "Association of interruptions with an increased risk and severity of medication administration errors". Arch Intern Med 2010 Apr 26; 170(8):690-92. [Comments on article by Westbrook et al. cited above; cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Briesacher BA, Soumerai SB, Field TS, et al. Medicare Part D's exclusion of benzodiazepines and fracture risk in nursing homes. Arch Intern Med 2010 Apr 26; 170(8):693-8. [Cites article by Doshi, Shaffer, Briesacher (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2005), using 1997 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) and 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Nursing Home Component (MEPS-NHC) data.] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Lévesque LE, Hanley JA, Kezouh A, et al. Problem of immortal time bias in cohort studies: example using statins for preventing progression of diabetes. BMJ 2010 Apr 24; 340(7752):907-11. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schneeweiss et al. (Am J Epidemiol, 2001).]

Frontiers in Health Services Management
Cordova RD, Beaudin CL, Iwanabe KE. Addressing diversity and moving toward equity in hospital care. Front Health Serv Manage 2010 Spring; 26(3):19-34. [Mentions that messages from AHRQ and other organizations declare that "healthcare disparities exist, they affect the quality of care for diverse patient populations, and there are promising strategies and models for improving quality of care and reducing disparities in treatment and outcomes..."] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health, Politics, Policy, and Law
Kilbreth E. Paying by the rules: how eliminating the cost shift could improve the chances for successful health care reform. J Health Polit Policy Law 2010 Apr; 35(2):177-202. [Cites AHRQ publication, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Insurance Component Summary. Table II. C1: Average Total Single Premium (in Dollars) per Enrolled Employee at Private-Sector Establishments That Offer Health Insurance by Firm Size and State: United States, 2003, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Goldstein MM. Health information technology and the idea of informed consent. J Law Med Ethics 2010 Mar; 38(1):27-35. [Cites AHRQ publication, Privacy and Security Solutions for Interoperable Health Information Exchange: Assessment of Variation and Analysis of Solutions, Executive Summary, 2007 (as prepared by RTI International, under contract no. 290-05-0015).] Select to access the abstract.

Ellington CR, Dodoo M, Phillips R, et al. State Tort reforms and hospital malpractice costs. J Law Med Ethics 2010 Mar; 38(1):127-33. [Cites "Physician Supply Increases in States with Caps on Malpractice Lawsuit Awards, with the Greatest Impact in Rural Areas," published in AHRQ's Research Activities, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs
Han PK, Rayson D. The coordination of primary and oncology specialty care at the end of life. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010; 2010(40):31-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Lorenz et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Fennell ML, Das IP, Clauser S, et al. The organization of multidisciplinary care teams: modeling internal and external influences on cancer care quality. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010; 2010(40):72-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Weiner et al. (Health Serv Res, 2006) and Rodriquez et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Hesse BW, Hanna C, Massett HA, et al. Outside the box: will information technology be a viable intervention to improve the quality of cancer care? J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010; 2010(40):81-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Nease et al. (Med Care, 2008) and Kahn, Aulakh, and Bosworth (Health Aff, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Murray DM, Pennell M, Rhoda D, et al. Designing studies that would address the multilayered nature of health care. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010; 2010(40):90-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Mercer, DeVinney, Fine, Green, and Dougherty (researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations) (Am J Prev Med, 2007); cites article by Katz et al. (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2004), using AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Smoking Cessation Clinical.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
McNett MM, Gianakis A. Nursing interventions for critically ill traumatic brain injury patients. J Neurosci Nurs 2010 Apr; 42(2):71-7; quiz 78-9. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Admissions for Traumatic Brain Injuries, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 27, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Laudon DE, Behrenbeck TR, Wood CM, et al. Computed tomographic coronary artery calcium assessment for evaluating chest pain in the emergency department: long-term outcome of a prospective blind study. Mayo Clin Proc 2010 Apr; 85(4):314-22. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Unstable Angina: Diagnosis and Management. 1994 (archived).] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Beck SL, Towsley GL, Berry PH, et al. Measuring the quality of care related to pain management: a multiple-method approach to instrument development. Nurs Res 2010 Mar-Apr; 59(2):85-92. [Discusses the pain management-related measures included in AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.] Select to access the abstract.

Simulation in Healthcare
Lipner RS, Messenger JC, Kangilaski R, et al. A technical and cognitive skills evaluation of performance in interventional cardiology procedures using medical simulation. Sim Healthc 2010 Apr; 5(2):65-74. [

Cohen ER, Feinglass J, Barsuk JH. Cost savings from reduced catheter-related bloodstream infection after simulation-based education for residents in a medical intensive care unit. Sim Healthc 2010 Apr; 5(2):98-102. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) as an example of prior research that "has demonstrated that interventions that reduce preventable complications such as catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) also decrease hospital costs."] Select to access the abstract.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles

American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Raue PJ, Morales KH, Post EP, et al. The wish to die and 5-year mortality in elderly primary care patients. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2010 Apr; 18(4):341-50. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for suicide risk in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Nursing
Bradley-Springer L, Stevens L, Webb A. Every nurse is an HIV nurse. Am J Nurs 2010 Mar; 110(3):32-9; quiz 40-1. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on prenatal screening for HIV (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Medical Screening
Duffy SW, Tabar L, Olsen AH, et al. Absolute numbers of lives saved and overdiagnosis in breast cancer screening, from a randomized trial in the Breast Cancer Screening Programme in England. J Med Screen 2010 Mar; 17(1):25-30. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Fielding JE, Teutsch SM. Skin cancer prevention: sunnyside up or scrambled? J Natl Cancer Inst 2010 Apr 7; 102(7):445-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer, 2003, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Hunter S, Love-Jackson K, Abdulla R, et al. Sun protection at elementary schools: a cluster randomized trial. J Natl Cancer Inst 2010 Apr 7; 102(7):484-92. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for skin cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and USPSTF recommendations on skin cancer screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs
Anhang Price R, Zapka J, Edwards H, et al. Organizational factors and the cancer screening process. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010; 2010(40):38-57. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002), updated evidence on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009), and evidence summary on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites USPSTF-sponsored paper by Glanz et al., Interventions to Increase Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancer Screening: Updates on Systematic Reviews, 2009, as presented at USPSTF meeting in Atlanta, GA.] Select to access the abstract.

Zapka J, Taplin SH, Price RA, et al. Factors in quality care—the case of follow-up to abnormal cancer screening tests—problems in the steps and interfaces of care. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010; 2010(40):58-71. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Godfrey JR, Wenger NK. Toward optimal health: advances in the cardiovascular care of women. J Womens Health 2010 Apr; 19(4):659-64. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on using nontraditional risk factors in coronary heart disease risk assessment (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites USPSTF-sponsored review and meta-analysis of C-reactive protein as a risk factor for coronary heart disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites AHRQ-authored article by Correa-de-Araujo (former AHRQ researcher/women's health coordinator) et al. (Womens Health Issues, 2006).]

Rubin SE, Winrob I. Urban female family medicine patients' perceptions about intrauterine contraception. J Womens Health 2010 Apr; 19(4):735-40. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Clark DB, Gordon AJ, Erraro LR, et al. Screening and brief intervention for underage drinkers. Mayo Clin Proc 2010 Apr; 85(4):380-91. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Lamiraud K, Holly A, Burnand B, et al. The effect of nonmedical factors on variations in the performance of colonoscopy among different health care settings. Med Care 2010 Feb; 48(2):101-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Elkin EB, Ishill NM, Snow JG, et al. Geographic access and the use of screening mammography. Med Care 2010 Apr; 48(4):349-56. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Breast Cancer.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Screening for breast cancer: an update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Feb; 115(2 Pt 1):381. [Abstracts USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for breast cancer (Nelson et al., Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Effects of mammography screening under different screening schedules: model estimates of potential benefits and harms. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Feb; 115(2 Pt 1):381-2. [Abstracts USPSTF-sponsored article by Mandelblatt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Specialty differences in primary care physician reports of Papanicolaou test screening practices: a national survey, 2006 to 2007. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Feb; 115(2 Pt 1):382-3. [Abstracts USPSTF-sponsored article by Yabroff et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Gemignani ML. The new mammographic screening guidelines: what were they thinking? Obstet Gynecol 2010 Mar; 115(3):484-6. [Discusses/cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and 2009), associated evidence review (Ann Intern Med, 2009), and related AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Inherited thrombophilias in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Apr; 115(4):877-87. [Uses USPSTF evidence rating methodologies to review and evaluate quality of selected studies.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Ho MJ, Yao G, Lee KL, et al. Long-term effectiveness of patient-centered training in cultural competence: what is retained? What is lost? Acad Med 2010 Apr; 85(4):660-4. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic reviews of health care provider cultural competence training interventions/methodologies by Beach et al. (Med Care, 2005) and Price et al. (Acad Med, 2005), both based on research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center under contract 290-02-0018.] Select to access the abstract.

Corbie-Smith G, Yaggy SD, Lyn M, et al. Development of an interinstitutional collaboration to support community-partnered research addressing the health of emerging Latino populations. Acad Med 2010 Apr; 85(4):728-35. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community-based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology
Kerschner JE, Erdos G, Hu FZ, et al. Partial characterization of normal and Haemophilus influenzae-infected mucosal complementary DNA libraries in chinchilla middle ear mucosa. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2010 Apr; 119(4):270-8. [Cites article by Rosenfeld, Casselbrant, and Hannley (Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2001), which evaluates AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Michaels AD, Spinler SA, Leeper B, et al. Medication errors in acute cardiovascular and stroke patients: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2010 Apr 13; 121(14):1664-82. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Selim AJ, Berlowitz D, Kazis LE, et al. Comparison of health outcomes for male seniors in the Veterans Health Administration and Medicare Advantage Plans. Health Serv Res 2010 Apr; 45(2):376-96. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care (from the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center).]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Rice SJ, Craig D, McCormick F, et al. Economic evaluation of enhanced staff contact for the promotion of breastfeeding for low birth weight infants. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2010 Apr; 26(2):133-40. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Whitten P, Holtz B, Nguyen L. Keys to a successful and sustainable telemedicine program. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2010 Apr; 26(2):211-16. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Telemedicine for the Medicare Population: Update, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs
Nekhlyudov L, Latosinsky S. The interface of primary and oncology specialty care: from symptoms to diagnosis. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010; 2010(40):11-17. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Cost and Benefits of Health Information Technology, 2006; cites AHRQ-authored article by Franks and Clancy (AHRQ director) (J Fam Pract, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Frontiers in Health Services Management
Armada AA, Hubbard MF. Diversity in healthcare: time to get REAL! Front Health Serv Manage 2010 Spring; 26(3):3-17. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR and NHDR, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Clinical and Investigative Medicine
Fric-Shamji EC, Shamji MF. Effect of U.S. State Certificate of Need regulation of operating rooms on surgical resident training. Clin Invest Med 2010 Apr 1; 33(2):E78. [Uses 2004-2006 HCUP State Inpatient Database (SID) data, citing AHRQ publication, Introduction to the HCUP State Inpatient Database (SID), 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Care
Albrecht SS, Kuklina EV, Bansil P, et al. Diabetes trends among delivery hospitalizations in the U.S., 1994-2004. Diabetes Care 2010 Apr; 33(4):768-73. Uses 1994-2004 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing AHRQ publications, Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2003, 2005 and Using the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample to Estimate Trends, HCUP Methods Series Report 2005-01, 2005, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Steiner, Elixhauser, and Schnaier (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Eff Clin Pract, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Emerging Infectious Diseases
Barber LM, Schleler III, Peterson RK. Economic cost analysis of West Nile virus outbreak, Sacramento County, California, USA, 2005. Emerg Infect Dis 2010 Mar; 16(3):480-6. [Uses 2004 MEPS data to obtain average costs for a physician visit for a diagnosis or treatment in the western United States, citing AHRQ publication, Regional Differences in Total and Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Selected Types of Office-based Visits, 2004, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 157, 2007, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Zilberberg MD, Tillotson GS, McDonald C. Clostridium difficile infections among hospitalized children, United States, 1997-2006. Emerg Infect Dis 2010 Apr; 16(4):604-9. [Uses 1997-2006 HCUP Kid's Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing AHRQ's HCUP Overview of the Kid's Inpatient Database (KID) Web site and HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Polgreen PM, Yang M, Bohnett LC, et al. A time-series analysis of Clostridium difficile and its seasonal association with influenza. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010 Apr; 31(4):382-7. [Uses HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ publications, HCUP NIS Database Documentation Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), 2009, and Nationwide Inpatient Sample Trends Supplemental (NIS-Trends) Files, 2008, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Clostridium difficile-Associated Disease in U.S. Hospitals, 1993-2005, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 50, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Masotti P, McCol MA, Green M. Adverse events experienced by homecare patients: a scoping review of the literature. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Apr; 22(2):115-25. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Net (PSNet) Bibliography as a source of relevant journal articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Zionts LE, Zhao G, Hitchcock K, et al. Has the rate of extensive surgery to treat idiopathic clubfoot declined in the United States? J Bone Joint Surg Am 2010 Apr; 92(4):882-9. [Uses 1996-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ publication, Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Egorova N, Vouyouka AG, Quin J, et al. Analysis of gender-related differences in lower extremity peripheral arterial disease. J Vasc Surg 2010 Feb; 51(2):372-8.e1; discussion 378-9. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP SID data for the States of New York, New Jersey, and Florida.] Select to access the abstract.

Murphy EH, Davis CM, Modrall JG, et al. Effects of ethnicity and insurance status on outcomes after thoracic endoluminal aortic aneurysm repair (TEVAR). J Vasc Surg 2010 Apr; 51(4 Suppl):14S-20S. [Uses 2001-2005 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ' Web site publication, HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2003, and the Deyo comorbidity classification, citing AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); reviews 1995-2000 HCUP NIS data and HCUP SID data for New Jersey; cites article by Berthelsen (Topics Health Inform Manag, 2000), using HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Rowe VL, Weaver FA, Lane JS, et al. Racial and ethnic differences in patterns of treatment for acute peripheral arterial disease in the United States, 1998-2006. J Vasc Surg 2010 Apr; 51(4 Suppl):21S-26S. [Uses 1998-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ publication, Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Barnato AE, Chang CC, Farrell MH, et al. Is survival better at hospitals with higher "end-of-life" treatment intensity? Med Care 2010 Feb; 48(2):125-132. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classification System, 2007 version, and Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); attributes origination of article's research question to the mentorship provided to first author during an AHRQ-funded fellowship at Sanford University.] Select to access the abstract.

Dunlap LJ, Zarkin GA, Bray JW, et al. Revisiting the cost-effectiveness of the COMBINE study for alcohol dependent patients: the patient perspective. Med Care 2010 Apr; 48(4):306-13. [Uses 2005 MEPS Insurance Component data, citing AHRQ publication, Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Non-Federal Workforce, by Industry Classification, 2005, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 182, 2007, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Neuman MD, Fleisher LA, Even-Shoshan O, et al. Nonoperative care for hip fracture in the elderly: the influence of race, income, and comorbidities. Med Care 2010 Apr; 48(4):314-20. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Guerrero AD, Chen J, Inkelas M, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in pediatric experiences of family-centered care. Med Care 2010 Apr; 48(4):388-93. [Uses 2003-2006 MEPS data, citing AHRQ publication MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, and uses four questions adopted by the National Health Interview Survey from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®), citing AHRQ publication, The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Clinician and Group Survey Instruments, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of April 2010
Internet Citation: Adoption and Use of Stand-alone Electronic Prescribing in a Health Plan-sponsored Initiative: Articles of Interest: April 30, 2010. April 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/043010.html

 

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